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Matt McDonald

Who is Dean Good For?
By Matt McDonald
Feb 11, 2005 - 2:59:00 PM

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Who is Howard Dean good for? As the Democratic National Committee gathers over the next couple of days, no doubt to vote Dr. Dean as Chairman of their Committee, the question must be asked, Who is Howard Dean good for?

There are some in Democratic Party who believe that he could be a political Messiah for their ailing party. They believe that Dean's Chairmanship will help rebuild state parties, energize the the DNC grassroots movements, help fund raise for the party, and that he will keep President Bush and the GOP in political check.

Then there is the other group in the Democratic Party who believe that Howard Dean will continue to push the DNC and the Democratic Party to the left, and they will lose the moderate Democrats to the Republican Party. "I think Howard Dean would be viewed as synonymous with being upper-East coast liberal, and that just makes the burden on Southern Democrats that much difficult." say James Kyle Jr, Minority Leader of the Tennesse State Senate.

Then there is the flip side of the coin, the Republican Party. Could it be possible that Howard Dean, the poster child of the liberal left, be good for the Republican Party? I don't believe so; I believe that Howard Dean is great for the Republican Party.

"This is akin to the idea that you've got to get sicker before you get better," said Matthew Dowd, chief strategist in Bush's reelection campaign. "This is the final stage before they realize they've got to start taking vitamins and get healthy again. It's reflective of a problem they have, which is they haven't arrived with a positive, proactive vision."

I believe that with election of Howard Dean to the Chair of the Democratic National Committe it is only going to drive the DNC to the far left side of the political field and it's going to drive away all the moderates Democrats, especially the Southern Democrats such as Zell Miller, to the Republican Party. In voting Dean as the Chairman of the Nation Committee the Democrats are slowly committing political suicide and might as well kiss goodbye any hopes of replacing the GOP majority in the Senate and Congress, and especially kiss goodbye the placing of a Democrat in the Oval Office in 2008.

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